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A (usually female) character emerges from a body of water, revealing their previously concealed body now glistening and dripping wet, usually with closeups of their features. In-Universe, other characters may also be Eating the Eye Candy or Distracted by the Sexy. Oftentimes the scene is accompanied with Slow Motion and some Sexophone music — if they're referencing Fast Times at Ridgemont High, you could also toss in "Moving in Stereo". Sometimes the character may throw their hair back as they emerge from the water.

This trope includes a number of situations such as emerging from a pool, the sea, a waterfall, a lake, or a bath. Usually in the pool or at the beach the character will be wearing some kind of swimsuit, while the character is often nude if they're bathing with the scene usually only showing their bare back or shot with Shoulders-Up Nudity or some kind of Scenery Censor.


Super-Trope to Mermaid Arc Emergence (in the cases when this is used for Fanservice) — a much more energetic way of having a character emerge from the water in a semi-sexualized manner.

Sister Trope of Sexy Soaked Shirt and Wet Sari Scene

See also Bath Kick, Shirtless Scene and Skinny Dipping


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  • This "BSN" Bodybuilding supplement ad has a woman rising out of the water doing a Mermaid Arc Emergence and then slowly walking out of the pool while everyone in the pool party stares at her.
  • In this commercial for the Jewish social network Koolanoo, a young woman dives into a pool in front of several young men, causing her bikini top to immediately fall off. As they watch her climb back out in Slow Motion, one notices that she's wearing a Star of David necklace just like he is, and appears behind her just in time to protect her modesty with his hands.
  • This "Set Wet" ad, has a shot of a woman climbing out of the pool, but when the man using the hair gel passes by her, his "Hot Aura" evaporates the water from her body.
  • This ad for PETA has Alicia Silverstone emerging naked from a pool and talking about how being a vegetarian has changed her life.
  • This GoDaddy commercial has a naked Danica Patrick getting a massage. Her massage therapist wants to be a GoDaddy girl and does a dance that results in her falling in a pool. She emerges a few seconds later with her wet GoDaddy t-shirt now clinging to her body.
  • This trio of 1988 commercials promoting, oddly enough, Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV 2's 11:00 newscasts includes a brief glimpse of someone partially emerging from a pool toward the end of each spot, with the first ad being a Rare Male Example.

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  • In The First Time You See Her (from the Cadance of Cloudsdale series), as a teenager, Shining Armor once read an erotica novel his mom wrote, and he was particularly intrigued by the description of a female alicorn flying out of a lake, and how the water flowed sensually down her attractive body. Years later, Princess Cadance (herself an alicorn) dives into the ocean to get some seafood—and when she flies back out, she doesn't understand why Shining Armor is so flustered at the sight.

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  • Alias:
    • In "Double Agent", Sydney (Jennifer Garner) is in a swimming pool in In Cayo Concha, trying to attract the attention of Markovic's security chief. She surfaces from the pool in Slow Motion in a blue bikini and both her target and the camera slowly pans up and down her body. Getting his attention, she makes her way into a cabana while taking off her bikini top and he follows her inside... where he finds Vaughn and Sydney who easily overpower him.
    • In "A Missing Link", Sydney is undercover on a hotel as a maid for a job. When the police start banging on her room, she escapes by taking off her uniform and performing a High-Dive Escape from the balcony into the hotel pool and then slowly comes out of the pool in her underwear where a waiter helpfully hands her a towel, apparently completely missing her diving feat.
  • Altered Carbon: In "Rage In Heaven", Kovacs is treating Ortega's injuries while she's in a copper bathtub. But then he discovers that Ortega is actually his sister Reileen wearing her as a sleeve. Reileen then makes a point of slowly rising from the water while checking out Ortega's body.
    Reileen: I can see what you like about the sleeve. It's... nice.
  • Blood Drive: In "A Fistful Of Blood", Grace (Christina Ochoa) lures Arthur into the bathroom while she's bathing and seductively rises out of the tub in an attempt to seduce him. While he can't help but enjoy the view, he ultimately turns her down since he knows she's vulnerable and just wants Sex for Solace from him at that point and he's Above the Influence.
  • Castle: In "To Love and Die in L.A.", has a scene with Kate (Stana Katic) exiting the pool in Slow Motion to get the attention of the Villain of the Week, though the undercover Castle also gets Distracted by the Sexy.
  • Chuck: In "Chuck Versus the Pink Slip", we first see Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) in season 3 when she's emerging from a swimming pool to answer her phone. When she sees it's Chuck she tosses the phone into the pool dismissively.
    • In "Chuck Versus the Under Cover Lover", Chuck and Casey are thrown into a pool next to the wedding of Casey's long-lost ex-girlfriend. Cue a shot of Casey climbing out of the pool in a full tuxedo with music blaring dramatically. Ilsa, the ex-girlfriend in question, is obviously very impressed by the sight.
  • Criminal Minds: In "Somebodys Watching", Spencer's Girl of the Week Lila Archer (A pre-fame Amber Heard) does this when she gets out of the pool after a makeout session in the water.
  • Cult: In "The Prophecy of St. Clare", Roger watches Kirstie going for a swim at the pool and then climb out of the pool later in a bikini.
  • Dark Angel: In the Pilot episode, Max gets shot in the back and falls into a pool. The shooter waits to see if she will emerge, but after some time he assumes her dead and drives away. Soon after she emerges out of the water in her red dress, having held her breath this entire time. The shot of her emerging from the pool was featured heavily in commercials.
  • Fargo: In "The Law Of Vacant Places", Maurice interrupts Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Ray in the bath at gunpoint. In an effort to distract him she rises out of the bathtub completely nude. It works on her part... but Ray's just too slow to the draw, and she has to prompt him to disarm Maurice of his gun.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn: In "Let's Get Ramblin'", Richie watches Kate climb out of the pool in Slow Motion.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In "Kissed By Fire", while bathing at Harrenhal with Jamie, Brienne stands up in the bath furiously when he taunts her over her failure to protect Renly.
    • In "Second Sons", Daenerys rises from her bath in front of Daario when he slipped into her tent to pledge his loyalty to her.
  • Grand Hotel: In the first episode, when Danny and Alicia are at the pool together at night, she noticeably gets Distracted by the Sexy when he sits up in the pool showing off his muscular physique. Later the camera focuses on her when she raises herself out of the pool in her underwear.
  • The Halcyon: On the first episode, Lord Hamilton catches the hotel singer Betsey Day bathing in his room. After exchanging some Snark-to-Snark Combat Betsey provocatively stands up and asks him for a Modesty Towel, with the camera focusing on a shot of her bare behind.
  • Hart of Dixie: "Kablang" has a scene with Zoe seductively emerging from the lake in a bikini and throwing her hair back, all done in Slow Motion while Wade openly gawks.
  • Ice Fantasy: Episode 5 has the Fire Princess Yan Da rising out of her bath in an attempt to seduce Prince Shi, but he just tells her to Please Put Some Clothes On.
  • Of Kings and Prophets: Merav takes a ceremonial bath to purify herself and submerges herself and later rises out of the water naked with a Toplessness from the Back shot.
  • Klondike: In the first episode, Sabine gives the miners a show when she rises out of the bathtub in front of them.
  • Legend of the Seeker: In "Marked", we get a shot of Cara emerging out of the water in her pool-sized bath. When Triana interrupts her bath and challenges her for command of the Mord-Sith. Cara slowly steps out of her bath, backhands Triana, throws her into the bath and almost drowns her, all while completely naked.
  • Lost: In "Confidence Man", episode's teaser has a scene with Sawyer confidently walking out of the ocean naked in front of Kate. She's not impressed.
    Kate: [looking at his crotch] Must be cold without your trunks.
  • Lucifer: The Teaser Trailer for season 4 features Lucifer (Tom Ellis) emerging from a tranquil pool shirtless before sipping from a glass of whiskey.
  • One Tree Hill:
    • In "You Can't Always Get What You Want", Brooke first meets Felix when she finds him swimming at her pool, and notices he was Skinny Dipping when he climbs out of the pool naked. At the end of the episode, he finds Brooke Skinny Dipping on his pool, and as she's climbing out of the pool naked she tells him her pool is much better.
    • In "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)", Nathan watches from his bedroom his attractive nanny Carrie Skinny Dipping in the pool at night. We get a shot of her climbing out of the pool naked and the camera focuses on her face as she smiles deviously to show she knows he's watching and is doing it deliberately.
    • In "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight", Clay gets a fantasy of his dead wife Sara climbing out of the pool in a red bikini while "The Cars Moving The Stereo" plays, in a Fast Times at Ridgemont High reference.
  • The Originals: In "Alive and Kicking", Elijah returns home to find a trail of dead witches leading to the bathroom where he finds Haley (Phoebe Tonkin) in a bathtub, seemingly washing off the blood after having massacred the witches. Angry, he tries to confront her over it, but Hayley isn't really in the mood for his judgment and stands up in the tub naked (With her bare back to the camera), taunting and challenging Elijah to look at her. Elijah, unamused, wordlessly reaches for a Modesty Towel and holds it to her, though he doesn't avert his eyes.
  • Sheena (2000): Curtiss watches Sheena Skinny Dipping and emerging from the river, giving a Toplessness from the Back shot with a lot of Sideboob.
  • Smallville:
  • Stranger Things: In "Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?", there's a scene with Karen Wheeler climbing out of the pool ladder in her swimsuit right before Billy shows up and they start flirting.
    • For that matter, Inverted with Billy, who walks shirtlessly in slow motion from the locker room to his lifeguard post set to "Moving in Stereo".
  • Tru Calling: In "Reunion", Candance gets pushed into a pool as a prank, but she can't swim, so Tru jumps into the water to rescue her. They both get shot of them getting out of the pool in wet clothes, with Tru having a Sexy Soaked Shirt.
  • Tut: Grand Vizier Ay approaches queen Ankhesenamun while she's bathing to discuss the possibility of them marrying. At the end of the conversation, she makes a point of slowly emerging from the water in front of him before turning him down.
  • Ugly Betty: In "The Bahamas Triangle", Wilhelmina is sulking and staring at the ocean in the beach when her though to be dead Love Interest Connor suddenly rises out of the ocean in Slow Motion while sexy music plays in the background.
  • The Vampire Diaries:
    • In "The Birthday", after Andie refuses to get Damon (Ian Somerhalder) champagne while he's taking a bath, he decides to do so himself and lifts himself out of the bath while Andie raises her eyebrows appreciatively.
    • In "Welcome to Paradise", Elena (Nina Dobrev) uses a swing rope to dive into a lake and then emerges out of the water in a bikini while everyone cheers or stares.
    • In "Hello, Brother", Sybil's first appearance is her naked climbing out of a pool of blood.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess:
    • In "Altared States", Xena and Gabrielle are Skinny Dipping when some soldiers chasing a boy come across them. Xena slowly emerges from the water, distracting a soldier before punching his lights out.
    • In "Paradise Found", Gabrielle emerges out of the water when she's bathing with Xena. Xena herself leaps out of the water when Gar interrupts their bath and gives him a Fascinating Eyebrow when he calls her "sir" upon seeing her naked.
    • In "Chakram", an amnesiac Xena stands up in the bath while talking to Ares, giving him an eyeful.

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  • In the video for Amaranthe's "Invincible", Elize Ryd emerges from a pool. Special shots are devoted to her breasts, buttocks, and legs.
  • Arctic Monkeys: The music video for "Snap Out of It", begins with the main character (Stephanie Sigman) in a bikini hoisting herself out of the pool.
  • Atomic Kitten: The "It's OK" music video has a very shot where all three girls walk out of the sea in bikinis, and sing from a very enclosed rock pool.
  • The Calvin Harris & Disciples music video for "How Deep Is Your Love" has a scene with Gigi Hadid diving and then emerging out of a pool in a bikini.
  • In the Fountains of Wayne music video for "Stacy's Mom", the titular Mom is seen climbing out of the pool in a bikini while the boy stares in homage to the Fast Times at Ridgemont High scene.
  • The music video for Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" features a shot of her rising from a swimming pool, dripping with water.
  • Lana Del Rey emerges from a pool soaking wet with light shining behind her in the music video for her song "Shades of Cool".
  • On the Lil' Kim music video "Nasty One" there are several shots of her crawling out of a pool.
  • In Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds "The Death of You and Me" music video there is a shot of the cafe waitress climbing out of a pool in her drenched maid uniform.
  • The Rihanna "Where Have You Been?" music video has her emerging from a lake in a barely-there scale bikini.
  • The music video for Geri Halliwell's post-The Spice Girls solo cover of "It's Raining Men" concluded with a shot of Geri, nude but facing away from the camera, lifting herself up out of a pool, followed by a caption of "Geri's Back." This scene was edited out by MTV, but could be seen on MuchMusic.
  • In the music video for her song "Honey", Mariah Carey jumps into a pool and emerges from it wearing a revealing swimsuit. At the time, it was considered a Wham Episode of sorts for Carey because this marked the first real time that she moved away from her then well-established conservative image.

    Print Media 
  • People magazine once did a cover like this with Judge Judy of all people. It made their anniversary issue's "All-Time Worst Covers" gallery.
  • An issue of National Geographic had a picture of a belt with huge gemstone beads and a quote from its creator, stating that he "imagined a woman emerging from the ocean wearing this belt and nothing else".

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  • Britanick: Invoked in "Sexy Pool Party" Nick and Brian have a pool party, and when Brian goes underwater and comes back out, he's somehow transformed into an extremely attractive male model. When he towels off, he's back to his old self, and then explains to Nick that "everyone looks better coming out of the water."
  • Sports Illustrated has a video of a photo session featuring Kate Upton, and one scene has her in a swimming pool emerging from the water in a bikini.
  • WorldStarHipHop has a Special Feature video starring Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke, and one of the scenes shows her emerging from the water in a bikini in Slow Motion.

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Climbing Out of The Water

Lois climbs out of the water in a bikini.

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